Crushing victory for England

First Test win since last summer

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Crushing victory for England

Swann: 3 for 39

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First npower Test Match
Lord's - Day Three
England 377 (R S Bopara 143, G P Swann 63 no, F H Edwards 6-92) & 32-0 v West Indies 152 (G Onions 5-38) & 256 (B P Nash 81, D Ramdin 61)
England beat West Indies by 10 wkts

England secured victory over West Indies in the first Test inside three days, wrapping up a 10-wicket win at Lord's.

The tourists put up better resistance following on than they had in their first innings, but were eventually whittled out for 256, with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both claiming three wickets.

West Indies did manage to make England bat again, but the 'target' was 32 which was quickly knocked off by openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.

Earlier, after a delay of just over an hour, England made an explosive start when play finally got under way, claiming three wickets before lunch.

Graham Onions continued his dream debut with two further wickets to add to his five on Thursday, striking in consecutive overs.

Lendl Simmons was well held low down at square-leg in Onions' second over of the innings, while Devon Smith departed in spectacular fashion as an inswinger snaked through a loose drive and uprooted middle-stump.

In between those dismissals, off-spinner Swann, England's other key performer so far, sent back Shivnarine Chanderpaul when an inside edge popped to silly-mid-off via the pad.

So it was left to Brendan Nash and Denesh Ramdin, both centurions against England last winter, to ensure the tourists at least avoided the ignominy of an innings defeat.

Dug in

They dug in admirably after lunch, putting on 143 together, their century stand - the first of the match - coming up when Ramdin square-cut Onions for four.

Onions should have had his eighth wicket of the match next ball but failed to hold a relatively simple one-handed catch in his follow-through, as Ramdin mistimed his shot straight back at him.

That apart the pair looked fairly comfortable against an old ball that had stopped moving around for the seasmers and was also doing little for Swann.

With the game starting to drift, England - and 'designated shiner' Paul Collingwood in particular - continued to work feverishly on the ball and they got their reward just before tea.

Broad managed to get one to drift back late into Ramdin, the ball nipping through the gap between bat and pad and clipping the top of off stump.

The wicketkeeper had made 61 from 98 balls with 13 fours and guided his team to within three runs of making England bat again.

The teams were level at tea and West Indies had put on a further 18 runs when Swann got a full ball to straighten and Jerome Taylor played across the line and was lbw for a lively 15 from 13 balls.

Sulieman Benn was the next to fall after facing just 10 deliveries. Two balls after surviving a decent LBW shout, the spinner tried to hit Swann through the offside, was beaten by the flight and heard the clatter of his off stump behind him.

Fidel Edwards did not hang around long either, surviving just two balls before he fended a wickedly rising deliverey from Broad into the gully, where Tim Bresnan held a fine diving catch.

Impressive

Nash was the last man to go after a hugely impressive 81 from 139 balls. With Lionel Baker struggling at the other end, he clearly decided he had to hit out but succeeded only in top-edging an attempted cut off Broad to Cook, who made a fine catch in the deep.

That left England needing just 32 runs to secure their first Test victory since last August and the openers were rarely troubled by a dispirited attack.

The teams will head to Durham for next week's second and final Test with West Indies needing a vastly improved performance to claim the win that would retain the Wisden Trophy.

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